SAN JOSE -- San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier dipped into his old Boise State roots and hired Broncos assistant Dave Wojcik as the Spartans' new men's basketball coach Friday.
Wojcik, 44, replaces George Nessman, who was fired earlier this month after going 86-161 in eight years at San Jose State. This is Wojcik's first college head-coaching job after nearly 20 years as an assistant.
The Spartans' new coach, who spent the past three years at Boise State, takes over a program that's produced only one winning season in the past 19 years.
Wojcik (pronounced WOE-jick) will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He agreed to a five-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
"My staff and I will bring in quality student-athletes who will represent San Jose State and the San Jose community with pride," he said in an SJSU release. "I think the Spartan fans will be excited with how we play."
Rejuvenating the program is a big task. The Spartans finished 9-20 last season, losing their final 14 games with leading scorer James Kinney under suspension for the remainder of the season due to academic issues.
San Jose State joins the Mountain West Conference next season, a big step up from the Western Athletic Conference. The Mountain West sent five teams, including Boise State, to this year's NCAA tournament.
Bleymaier, in his first year at SJSU after spending three decades at Boise State, didn't take long to use his old connections. He grabbed the top assistant off Boise State coach Leon Rice's staff. Bleymaier hired Rice three years ago, and he's helped turn the Broncos into a steady program that's reached the postseason twice in three years.
"Dave is one of the most well-rounded coaches in the profession," Rice said in the release. "He can recruit, he can coach, and he relates well to his players. ... This is a terrific hire for San Jose State."
Bleymaier fired Nessman on March 13, just hours after San Jose State was knocked out in the first round of the WAC tournament. Among the rumored candidates were Saint Mary's assistant Rick Croy, Colorado assistant Jean Prioleau and former Warriors and Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman.
"We are very pleased to have attracted a person of Dave's background and experience to San Jose State," Bleymaier said in the release.
The graduate of Loyola University in Maryland has also been an assistant at Wake Forest, Tulsa, Dayton, Navy, Xavier, Loyola, West Liberty State College and James Madison.
He was a head coach at Wheeling Central Catholic High in West Virginia, his prep alma mater, and led it to back-to-back state titles in 2002-03.
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